At Chatham Capital, we believe that building strong, long-term relationships is vital to business success, and we actively pursue new partnerships with entrepreneurs, capital providers, and other intermediaries alike. Since 2001, we have provided flexible capital solutions to over 180 lower-middle market firms to further their growth and allow ownership to realize its goals. Chatham’s principals’ 100+ years of experience in leveraged lending, private equity, investment banking, operational management, consulting, and accounting provide our portfolio companies and co-investors with the necessary expertise to weather the cyclicality of the lower-middle market and capitalize on expansion opportunities.

Despite the more than $1 billion in capital that Chatham has raised since inception, our lean investment team and flat organization ensures that we are unencumbered by lengthy, bureaucratic processes. This structure allows us to move quickly and decisively to provide funding to a company or intermediary in need.

Chatham welcomes and encourages the participation of other knowledgeable investors in our investments, as we believe that our portfolio companies benefit from a diversity of views, experiences and relationships. When Chatham acts as lead investor, we can arrange, as needed, for the participation of other high-quality investors.

We are continually looking for new investment prospects. If you feel you have an opportunity that fits our approach and strategy, please submit a business plan or executive summary to one of our investment professionals. For the initial review, the firm requires a description of the company and industry, an overview of the company’s strategy and business model, historical and projected financial statements, and resumes of key managers.

Investment Criteria

Atlantic Street Capital seeks opportunities with established and fundamentally sound companies that will benefit from capital investment and value-adding strategic and operational initiatives. We take companies to the next level whether they are smaller enterprises looking to develop into market leading businesses, or companies facing operational or financial difficulties.

The following summarizes our investment criteria:


Industry Focus

  • Consumer Products and Services
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Business Services
  • Basic Manufacturing

Company Profile

  • Fundamentally sound, established companies
  • Revenues between $25 to $150 million
  • Headquartered in the U.S. or Canada

Company Situations

  • Desire to develop from niche industry player to regional or national leader
  • Ownership or management transition
  • Financial and/or operationally challenged
  • Other business and/or transactional challenges


Transaction Types

  • Buyouts
  • Recapitalizations
  • Corporate carve-outs
  • Restructurings
  • Bankruptcies

Investment Structure

  • Investment between $5 million to $20 million of equity including platform and add-on acquisitions
  • Common stock / preferred stock / debt + warrants
  • Board control; >50% equity ownership
  • Investment horizon of 2 to 4 years

For more insight, please contact

Grant Marcks

What to Exspect

Before Investment

  • Meet with Atlantic Street team and introduce key management personnel
  • Share current business processes and company operations
  • Jointly align goals and objectives
  • Discuss and reach mutually agreeable target price
  • Enter into exclusivity period
  • Atlantic Street conducts deep due diligence
  • Collaborate on post acquisition operational plan
  • Complete financing and close deal

  • After Investment

  • Preserve company culture and maintain core values
  • Communicate regularly with Atlantic Street team
  • Define business strategy and key initiatives
  • Establish steering committee and performance reporting process
  • Recruit new hires to fill critical needs
  • Implement post acquisition operational plan
  • Identify and execute infrastructure investments
  • Develop incentive compensation programs

  • Ongoing Partnership

  • Refine business strategy
  • Implement strategic, operational and organizational improvements
  • Develop and carry out acquisition strategy
  • Deploy capital as required to expand capacity and enhance technology and systems
  • Measure performance